The Catholic Church of Bangladesh has 13 new priests.
ordination took place on December 30 last in the Bonpara church in
Natore, in the diocese of Rajshahi.
Fr. Mintu Gervas Rozario, one of the
newly ordained, told AsiaNews: "I received the call of God, and now my
dream has come true, thanks to the help of my parents and educators. I
thank them all and ask you to pray for my priestly life. "
The priests were ordained by Msgr. Gervas Rozario, Bishop of
Rajshahi, attended by 40 priests and about 500 faithful. Fr. Emmanuel
Kanon Rozario, rector of the major seminary of the Holy Spirit (the only
major country of the seminar), reports that "13 new consecrated will
play an important role in our Catholic community."
The priest reveals that in recent years Bangladesh has seen an
increase in male vocations, in contrast to Europe and the United States.
"The seminaries are full of young people - he says with enthusiasm -
and a growing number of young men approach religious life".
Many priests, he adds with satisfaction, "went abroad to do
missionary work." Msgr. Rozario confirms the increase in vocations and
reports that two "Chinese bishops have asked me to send Bangladesh
missionaries to China ".
On the other hand, Fr. Kanon Rozario notes that the number of
religious could decrease because of family crisis and the collapse of
births in the future. "Today - he says - couples are no longer having
many children. This is already evident in the novitiates and houses of
formation for the sisters, which are almost empty. There are no longer
enough girls in the colleges".
In this regard, during the homily Msgr. Rozario has invited Catholics
to "encourage their children to pursue a religious life and save the
Bangladesh is a country with a Muslim majority. Christians are a tiny
minority, about 0.6% of a total of over 160 million inhabitants.
largest community is Roman Catholic, with almost 600 thousand faithful, a
cardinal, more than 1,000 sisters and about 500 priests.